Photos courtesy of Classic Retro Modern Magazine

Highlights

  • Stand out Trophy yellow and verified 19,817 miles
  • One family owned from new until 2022
  • Magazine cover star including Classic Retro Modern in 2024
  • Comprehensive history file and recent recommissioning
  • Original bright Trophy yellow paint and rust-free condition
  • Recent servicing and cambelts replaced 
  • Brakes and clutch also improved
  • Long MOT to June 2025 with no advisories

The Appeal

When the team at Longbridge were tasked with MG-ising the aging Rover 45, funds were tight. But, fortunately, talent was high. The result was a remarkable motoring transformation. 
The MG ZS was born with a healthy dose of adrenaline. The one to have, and the one revered by MG’s many enthusiasts, is the ZS 180. With its 180bhp 2.5litre KV6 and finely fettled brakes and suspension, the new car was one of the finest handling hatchbacks of its generation and a fitting epitaph to MG’s sporting saloon line. 
If all that has whetted your appetite, you will want this car in particular. One family owned to 2022, less than 20,000 miles and in superb unmodified condition, it is surely one of the best available. Naturally it’s finished in the car’s signature Trophy yellow. 
It is so good that it has been magazine featured, most recently on the cover of Classic Retro Monthly. 
The enthusiast current keeper has lavished it with investment. Serviced annually irrespective of mileage, he has also uprated the clutch, changed the cambelts and overhauled the braking system. As a mark of the attention to detail, the underside has recently been professionally cleaned and waxoyled. 
The MOT history verifies the exceptionally low mileage and the current test runs to June 2025 with no advisories. If there’s a car with ‘future classic’ nailed on, it must surely be the MG ZS 180 and this one is a contender for the best. 

History and Paperwork

  • First registered 2nd May 2003 
  • Three registered keepers 
  • Reported to have been one family owned from new until 2022
  • Current keeper acquired the car in July 2022 
  • Extensive history file documenting servicing and maintenance 
  • MOT history verifies the low displayed mileage 
  • Current MOT valid to 9th June 2025 with no advisories and 19,815 miles showing 
  • Current keeper has recommissioned the car and serviced it annually 
  • Featured in several magazines, including the cover of Classic Retro Modern
  • 2 keys and factory remote fob 
  • Always garaged by all keepers 
Notable recent work since 2022: 
  • Timing belts have been replaced
  • Serviced annually irrespective of mileage 
  • New quality tyres, 
  • Wheels and centre caps refurbished
  • VIS motors replaced
  • Three new brake calipers 
  • Full brake overhaul
  • Sheddist clutch improvement kit
  • New OEM specification exhaust
  • Underside cleaned and Waxoyled professionally.

The Condition

  • Factory standard, pre-facelift car finished in stand-out Trophy yellow
  • Highly original car in very good condition with few signs of age or use 
  • Always garaged, enthusiast owned and very sparingly used 
  • Underside reported to be rust-free and no structural advisories on MOT 
  • Chassis recently professionally cleaned and Waxoyled
  • The vendor advises a couple of minor pin dents
  • There is also a very small mark on the nearside front bumper
  • Factory alloy wheels recently refurbished and fitted with quality branded tyres
  • Factory standard interior finished in black and yellow leather with fabric infills 
  • Cabin presents very well appearing to have just left the showroom 
  • Door cards will benefit from regluing in the future but are sound and fully intact
  • Little wear across interior surfaces including steering wheel which looks new
  • Original audio system
  • The a/c system needs recommissioning but parts are supplied with the car
  • The vendor tells us that it has never been welded 

The Mechanics

  • 2,497 cc KV6 6cyl light alloy engine with quad cams and 24Vs
  • 5spd manual gearbox 
  • Various improvements and maintenance since 2022 detailed above 
  • Annually serviced since 2022 irrespective of mileage 
  • Serviced as and when needed prior to this according to seller 
  • Cambelts replaced since 2022 
  • Factory standard car with Sheddist clutch improvement kit fitted 
  • Brakes recently overhauled with new calipers fitted 
  • ZS 180s got uprated brakes
  • No reported running or driving issues 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 2003
  • Make MG
  • Model ZS
  • Colour Yellow
  • Odometer 19,817 Miles
  • Engine size 2497
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Crawley
  • Location Sussex
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
6 bids from 3 bidders
  • owen.go•••• £6,200 17/06/24
  • razorst•••• £6,100 16/06/24
  • owen.go•••• £6,000 16/06/24
  • craig-o•••• £5,500 16/06/24
  • razorst•••• £4,500 16/06/24
  • craig-o•••• £4,001 16/06/24

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